Day: February 20, 2017

Title Card Tales: Netflix’s “One Day at a Time” end cards from Mike Royce and Snowpants Productions

Sitcom showrunner Mike Royce has generously donated his time and attention, not only to picking the title cards that appear at the end of each episode he produces, but also in sharing them with The Comic’s Comic and our readers. You can see previous Snowpants Productions cards of Royce and his extended family from episodes of Enlisted (FOX), 1600 Penn (NBC), Men of a Certain Age (TNT) and Lucky Louie (HBO). You also can hear Royce discuss his life and career with me in Episode #135 of The Comic’s Comic Presents Last Things First. Here’s his latest dispatch from...

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Humor in Hindsight: 1983’s The King of Comedy

Here’s the lede from my latest Humor In Hindsight column for, reflecting on Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy, starring Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis, and Sandra Bernhard, fast-forwarding the context from 1983 to 2017. Who among us hasn’t suffered from delusions of grandeur from time to time, indulging in fantasies or daydreaming of our untapped potential? You may even think life itself is a con game. Have enough self-confidence and who knows what you may achieve! That was part of “The Secret,” after all, the best-seller that encouraged us to use our own powers of positive thinking...

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Steve O’Donnell accepts the Herb Sargent Award at the 2017 Writers Guild Awards, and other winners

Steve O’Donnell remained humble as he accepted the Herb Sargent Award at the 2017 Writers Guild Awards, wondering if perhaps the WGA had confused him for another former head writer of Late Night with David Letterman, or perhaps Saturday Night Live, or even his identical twin, Mark, who co-wrote the Broadway musical Hairspray. Steve O’Donnell’s credits have included The Simpsons, Seinfeld, The Chris Rock Show, The Dana Carvey Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Letterman, where he served as head writer when they launched the Top Ten lists. Here is his acceptance speech, delivered after opening remarks by Letterman himself and writer...

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Episode #138: Ritch Shydner

Ritch Shydner had quite a run during the comedy boom of the 1980s, making multiple appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and Late Night with David Letterman, playing Al Bundy’s co-worker on Married With Children, appearing in small roles in big movies such as Roxanne and Beverly Hills Cop II, and writing for Roseanne, The Jeff Foxworthy Show, and The Mind of the Married Man. He’s also written jokes for Foxworthy, Ron White and Jay Leno. In 2006, he co-authored a book of outrageously true road stories from stand-up comedians, “I Killed,” and later performed in the...

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